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Grateful Dead Live at Cleveland Music Hall on 1981-03-02


Topics Bob Wagner, MOTB


Set 1
d1t01 - Shakedown Street
d1t02 - New Minglewood Blues
d1t03 - Dire Wolf
d1t04 - Cassidy
d1t05 - Althea
d1t06 - El Paso
d1t07 - Jack-A-Roe
d1t08 - Lazy Lightnin' >
d1t09 - Supplication
d1t10 - Don't Ease Me In >
d1t11 - The Promised Land

Set 2
d2t01 - Ramble On Rose
d2t02 - Playing In The Band >
d2t03 - China Doll >
d2t04 - Playing In The Band Jam >
d2t05 - Drums >
d2t06 - Space >
d2t07 - Playing In The Band Reprise >
d2t08 - Wheel >
d2t09 - Around And Around >
d2t10 - Johnny B. Goode

Encore
d2t11 - U.S. Blues


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Date March 2, 1981
Venue Cleveland Music Hall
Location Cleveland, OH

Source 2 x Nakamichi CM-700 [15 dB Attenuation Pad] => Sony TC-D5M >> MAC >> Sony TC-D5M => TEAC AN-300 [Dolby Encode] => Technics RS-1506US [7.5 IPS] >> R1
Lineage R1 >> Technics RS-1506 => TEAC AN-300 [Dolby Decode] => Grace Design Lunatec V3 [Pre-Only] => Korg MR-1000 >> DSF [1-bit 5.6448 MHz Stereo] >> Korg MR-1000 => Korg AudioGate >> WAV [24/96]
Taped by Bob Wagner
Transferred by A. Egert


Reviews

Reviewer: Go Faster, Get Rounder - - March 13, 2015
Subject: Exemplary AUD recording of a HOT show
which means that if you don't have this, you need to get it and listen to it immediately.

Truly the combo of a SINGULAR recording, i.e., easily one of the best AUD recordings ever done, if not THE BEST, and a massively hot show make this absolutely one of the best Grateful Dead recordings available.

Oh, and a little side not to the absolute drooling cretin that thought it was a good idea to whistle many times while they were playing and annoy everybody in the arena and screw up many, many people's recordings: I'm real sorry I wasn't at this show for a number of reasons. One of those reasons is that after the first whistle I would have insisted you not do that again and if you did, I would have broken your knee and choked you unconscious. JFC you must be one incredible low life to do something like that.
Reviewer: deadpolitics - - April 20, 2010
Subject: Excellent quality AUD from early Brent era
HOT SHAKEDOWN. Vocals kind of rough but the playing is incredible. Very expressive, engaged. Few bad notes. Minglewood is on fire with blistering solos from everyone. Cassidy doesn't go too far out but has a pleasant psychedelic lilt to it. Althea is nice - Jerry's sadder 80s voice fits this song well and he's really feeling it vocally and on guitar. The band supports well. Lazy Lightning > Supp is among the best I've heard.

Second set Playin' is very nice, tight, jazzy exploration, China Doll is tenderly played. Space is pleasantly melodic, riding the edge between coherence and insane free association. Phil, Bobby and Jerry open the doors of perception at 3:40. We are taken on a journey up to and out of the crown chakra and into the far reaches of the universe, landing in a land of strange yet familiar creatures and plants. There is a sense of wonder and amazement as Jerry finds the same guide that will help Space along in '83. What a wonderfully strange world this is, bubbling all around me. All of a sudden, the magic carpet swoops down under my feet and I am gently lifted again high into the atmosphere, observing the beautifully distant landscapes below, we have transcended into a blissfully peaceful meditative space and we are fully awakened, PLAYING IN THE BAND, and romping as 100 foot giants. The music is powerful and gigantic sounding, a huge fully encompassing multi-dimensional musical space.

The Wheel is musically powerful but kind of sloppy. Tough song to play well because of its gentle melody yet powerful undertow-like drive.The music plays the band.
Reviewer: Katharsys - - April 3, 2010
Subject: I don't get it.
This is not a 5 star show, it starts out wicked sloppy and the vocals suck. Sorry tres for effort.
Reviewer: revjustin - - April 3, 2010
Subject: Fantastic
Sound quality is simply superb. The show itself is amazing. Like a previous review mentions, this is not a "scorcher", but the fire in the playing is more like a slow, glorious burn. Bobby is front and center in this mix and I was impressed by his slide work in Minglewood as well as his overall tonality and phrasing. Phil is playing well to my ears, although this may have been during his "Heiniken" period when he was not feeling up to his normal self. His lines are more traditional bass parts in the first set with his playing getting more exploratory in the second. What can be said about Jerry that already hasn't been said? His playing is reaching, searching for the next gem to reveal and light up. This is one of those recordings that I live for.
Reviewer: SomeDarkHollow - - April 11, 2008
Subject: Gettin' Better and Better
This has to rank up there with one of the better MOTB's out there to date. Crystal clear sound and pin point seperation. This could easily pass as a Matrix. Great job on this one, no doubt. As to the show, other sources have reviewers saying that it is too slow and sloppy; I couldn't disagree more. Yes the tempo is slower here, but in an incredibly tasty way. The boys have shifted out of the early-80's high gear into low this night, preferring to stop and smell the Roses rather than charge through. While I love a good power show, this one is as good for different reasons. The Shakedown and Supplication are just phenomenal examples of oozing joy. Now I realize that the pace of this show isn't for everyone, but for those who still enjoy a show that is delicate rather than explosive, smooth rather than destructive, this one fits the bill.

hats off again for the sound on this, well done indeed.
Reviewer: Luke the Drifter - - January 4, 2008
Subject: Definite upgrade
Thanks Bob for the recording & Egert for the post. This is excellent!
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